With numerous utility-scale, residential and commercial solar projects, Nevada is emerging as a top state for solar opportunity. Legislation passed in 2013 has helped to encourage growth in all market sectors. SEIA has been working with local stakeholders and policy makers on the implementation of this legislation in 2014.
Facts on the Nevada Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 89 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Nevada, employing 2,400 people.
- In 2013, Nevada installed 47 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 12th nationally.
- The 480 MW of solar energy currently installed in Nevada ranks the state 6th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 72,900 homes.
- In 2013, $108 million was invested in Nevada to install solar for home, business and utility use.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Nevada have fallen by 19% in the last year. National prices have also dropped steadily — by 8% from last year and 39% from 2010.
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Notable Solar Installations in Nevada
- Copper Mountain 2 in Boulder City was completed in 2012 by developer First Solar. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 92 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 13,200 Nevada homes.
- Another utility-scale project, Moapa Solar Project in Clark County, is currently under construction in Nevada and is scheduled to come online in 2015. Developed by K Road Solar, this 350 MW photovoltaic project will generate enough electricity to power 53,200 homes.
- At 110 MW, Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nye County is among the largest solar installations in Nevada. Completed in 2013 by SolarReserve, this concentrating solar power project has enough electric capacity to power more than 75,000 homes.
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SEIA Nevada State Policy Priorities
- Ensure future access to net metering for solar customers.
- Expand DG opportunity through the Solar Generations program (implementation of AB 428).
- Ensure fair and transparent rules for utility-scale solicitations (implementation of SB 123).
- Increase the amount of solar in the state renewable portfolio standard.
Solar Companies in Nevada
- There are currently more than 89 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Nevada. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 10 manufacturers, 5 manufacturing facilities, 49 contractor/installers, 10 project developers, 6 distributors and 14 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
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Nevada State Solar Policy Resources
Nevada State Energy Office - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics
Nevada Public Utilities Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Nevada public utilities
Nevada Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Nevada
DSIRE incentives database - Nevada - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Nevada and across the United States
U.S. Energy Information Administration - Nevada State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government